Where does the Francis pontificate go from here? – Catholic World Report

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Partisans on every side of Pope Francis have their predictions and prognostications, roughly falling into two broad categories.

Pope Francis presided over the Final Commendation and Farewell at the end of Cardinal George Pell’s funeral on Jan. 14, 2023. Alan Koppschall/CNA

Morto ’n papa se ne fa n’artro, say the Romans – “When one pope dies, another is made” – and like all maxims and proverbs and other dicta of social wisdom, this one is true all the time. Only, how is it true this time?

Pope Francis is the first man to succeed a living former pope in more than six centuries. So, the question is really about how Francis’s pontificate will change, now that his predecessor in office has gone the way of all flesh.

Partisans on every side of Pope Francis have their predictions and prognostications, roughly falling into two broad categories: Those who expect Francis to pull out all the stops, and those who expect him to shift into endgame / succession consolidation mode. There’s a lot of wishful thinking in there, and a good deal of fearmongering. Everybody’s wrong, but – with apologies to The Buffalo Springfield – that don’t mean ain’t nobody right.

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Where does the Francis pontificate go from here? – Catholic World Report

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